JJP supporters express displeasure over party joining hands with BJP in Haryana

Jats, the JJP’s core vote bank, is said to be against the BJP.

Updated - September 30, 2023 12:54 pm IST

Published - October 26, 2019 01:54 pm IST - GURUGRAM

A screenshot from a tiktok video where a JJP supporter burns the party's election symbol to protest its decision to align with the BJP.

A screenshot from a tiktok video where a JJP supporter burns the party's election symbol to protest its decision to align with the BJP.

Supporters of Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) have been venting their anger on social media platforms over the party’s decision to extend support to Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) to form government in Haryana. The supporters, mostly youth, have been posting angry messages and videos accusing JJP leader Dushyant Chautala of “betrayal” and “going back on his words”.

Soon after the JJP announced its decision to support the BJP at a joint press conference in New Delhi late on Friday night, the party supporters took to social media platforms to express their disapproval of the decision.

The supporters uploaded videos on Tiktok, a social media video app, burning the flags and the bands of the party. In messages posted on the social media, the supporters accused Mr. Chautala, the former Hisar MP, of betraying the mandate to the party which, they claimed, was against the BJP.

The JJP, formed after a split in the Indian National Lok Dal in December last, won ten seats to emerge as a king maker in the State following a fractured mandate with both the BJP and the Congress falling short of the majority mark in the 90-member Assembly. The party had extended support to the BJP based on Common Minimum Programme which includes 75% reservation to local youth in jobs in Haryana and increase in old age pension.

The core vote bank of JJP comprises the Jats, a dominant caste in Haryana, who are believed to have voted against the BJP accusing it of caste-based politics targetted against them. Around 20 people, mostly Jat youths, had died in police firing in 2016 during the BJP rule further pitting the community against the saffron party.

A large majority of Jats in rural areas are also engaged in farming and the farmers distress has also been a major issue this election. The farming community too has been angry with the BJP allegedly for not doing precious enough for them and failing to implement the Swaminathan Commission report.

The messages on social media platforms comprised videos of Mr. Chautala at various political meetings attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. The supporters also shared an old video of Mr. Chautala’s grandmother from a hospital bed accusing him of betraying her husband Om Prakash Chautala for his political ambitions. Some party cadres vowed not to support the party ever again.

A few others said that they could accept JJP supporting the Congress, but not the BJP. Some of the messages also targetted the Independents for not respecting the mandate and supporting the BJP.

Congress Communication Chief Randeep Singh Surjewala also tweeted a video of Mr. Dushyant Chautala’s mother and Badhra MLA Naina Singh saying that JJP would never tie up with the BJP.

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